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Curveball by Christopher Wright


America’s greatest hero is murdered in his home. A man who was once his enemy, then his friend, then his sidekick receives the hero’s final email, containing a mysterious encrypted file. One organization wants it back before it’s unlocked . . . before anyone else learns the truth.

Old alliances are strained as a century-old conspiracy is discovered, compromising the very men and women who devote their lives to protecting those who cannot protect themselves. New alliances are formed as heroes and villians band together to try to answer two questions that might change the world forever:

Who murdered Liberty?

What is Project Recall?

Note: Curveball contains some harsh language.

An ongoing series, with new episodes monthly

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Listed: Jul 31, 2012

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Punk rock superhero

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Dec 16, 2012: Doesn’t that sound intriguing?

Instead of reading the first two chapters, you could listen to them in a podcast. I recommend that – Wright has a good reading voice. The debut scene is breathtaking. A man sits in a penthouse apartment, listening to In the Mood over and over. He’s feeling nostalgic. Something is about to happen. He sends an email. Suddenly, assassins attack!

The second chapter is completely different, as we switch to a different character and a different scene, in which a would-be bank-robbing supervillain is rebuked for his cheesy style. At this point the reader is wondering, what will this story be like? Intense and heroic, or goofy and off the wall?

The answer is "mostly intense", but the hero is a wisecracking punk rock fan who may appear more off-the-wall than heroic at first. He, gasp, smokes cigarettes like a chimney, or an old-style detective novel "Dick", and as another character points out, that’s not even cool anymore. But don’t get him mad. As the bad guys find out, he’s more than he seems.

After starting off at the end of two divergent branches, the story takes its time getting to, shall we say, the point. The extended setup sometimes seems a bit jumpy from episode to episode, but it’s all good. Curveball takes place in an America just like the present day, except there are superpowers. There are also politics, and corruption, and conspiracy, and therein lies the tale.

A strong contribution to the superpowers genre, with a different sort of hero.

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Superhero Mystery

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Dec 24, 2013: From the beginning of this story, I liked how the author not only throws the reader into the deep end, action and story-wise, but I also liked the way he mixes a fairly straightforward superhero-type story with a more traditional mystery. As the story really begins, the protagonist, Curveball, is drawn back into the superhuman circles he used to frequent through the killing of one of his former comrades. The mystery centers around the fact that the man is so well-liked, both among heroes and villains alike, that no one [more . . .]

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Wow, this is freaking awesome!

By alex5927, author of Umbra: Unsanctimonious

Jul 26, 2014: This review is based off of the first twelve issues. I’ll admit, when I started Curveball, expectations were a bit low. I never was one for books whose titles could be construed as comedic even though they aren’t supposed to be (I’m kinda superficial). However, I was pleasantly surprised by how good it is. It reminded me of Watchmen a little bit, but not enough for me to call it a Hunger Games/Battle Royale situation. Talking about the plot without giving any spoilers is going to be difficult, so I’ll say this: CB’s ex-partner is murdered, and he wants to find who did it, even though what he should be worried about is the big-picture-type thing going on in the background. Describing it like that is about as good as I can do, and while it sounds hardcore cheesy, Christopher Wright manages to pull it off in a way that most people probably couldn’t. While the plot was good, it wasn’t the best part. The characters are extremely well done, each with an extremely defined personality, to a point where I would say that Wright is better at character development than some of the most popular authors, and he does it while still progressing the plot, unlike some of the most popular authors of the 20th and 21st centuries (looking at you Stephen King). Seriously, these characters are great. Really, the only problems I saw were a few mistakes in the grammar, which isn’t even a problem. Seriously, if the author leaves out a letter, not only was it probably an accident, but is it really that difficult to just figure out what they are saying on your own? He does this for free, that should be enough for you people. Anyway. Basically, this is good. It’s well written, with a good plot and great characters, and while I didn’t get into it, the setting and world-building were pretty amazing, too. You should read it. Unless you have some serious problem with superheroes, in which case, why are you even reading this? Seriously, if you are that prejudiced against superheroes, go away. This serial/web page doesn’t want you. (Just kidding, as long as you don’t spam people)

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